Gluten Free Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe

by Pam on December 22, 2014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s hard to find down time to spend a quiet evening with the family.  That’s why, beginning when the kids were toddlers, I started the family movie night tradition.  One night each December we take a break from the holiday madness, make a treat and watch a movie. We try to choose a fun, light-hearted movie. The eleven year old is into planes right now, so I decided Planes the movie was just what we needed. While browsing at Walmart for some snacks to munch on during the movie,  I saw they had  Planes characters on roll back. I snatched one up and brought it home to go with our Cotton Candy Cupcakes. These cupcakes,  inspired by the Planes movie. have fun cotton candy clouds on top, making them soar to new heights. Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.
Cotton Candy Cupcakes


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There’s nothing like a wonderful Christmas dinner shared with friends and family. We have our list of traditional family dishes I only prepare once a year.  The kids and Bryan hint throughout the year, “You know we could have this more often than on Christmas, right?”  We could, but having it only at Christmas makes it special, building anticipation and memories.  I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our repertoire, so when I discovered the Kraft Recipe Hub, packed with budget holiday recipes the whole family will love, I decided to try the Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake.  We had tasted a version of the cheesecake recently and it had been a hit.  Thanks to our friends at Lunchbox, who are sponsoring today’s recipe, I am sharing the recipe.  Hopefully, it will be a hit with your family as well.
pumpkin turtle cheesecake

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We have a bevy of spoiled pets, ranging from one especially cute baby doll sheep, to several cats and a spoiled mutt.  Long ago, when the kids were young, they began to complain about the injustice of the pets not getting a present at Christmas. “Why don’t they get presents when everyone else does?”  I hung up a stocking with their names written on it, Santa brought them an extra can of food apiece and the rest is history. We began a tradition that continues until this day.  Nicholai, our sheep, lives outdoors, so he is given an extra cup of grain on Christmas, but the rest of the pets look forward to the traditional opening of presents.  This is mainly because they love to play in the boxes and tear up the paper, but they enjoy the gifts too.  Wondering what to get your pet or the crazy cat lady or dog lover in your family?  Well, wonder no more! I’ve included four great gifts in my Pet Products gift guide that are sure to please.
sherpa pet carrier
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If your family is anything like mine, you’re all about saving and sharing those holiday memories. After all, kids grow up too fast! And what better way to save those holiday memories than photos? Lots and LOTS of photos. The days of picking up a cheap disposable camera and having your film printed after Christmas is over. I get it, it can be hard to find a camera you like. One that’s going to last year after year, tacky Christmas sweater party after family game night.
Canon Holiday Image

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3 Ways to Don’t Worry, Retire Happy

by Pam on December 18, 2014

“Marry well.” “Have my kids get a good job and take care of me.” “Pick up cans on the side of the road for income.” These are all ways I have heard people say they are planning for their retirement. While most of these statements were made in jest, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. When Bryan and I first won’t be retiring anytime soon, my goal is
Don’t Worry, Retire Happy. Here’s 3 tips we’ve used over the years to help us with retirement.

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Holiday Romance Gift Basket Idea Freedom to be Spontaneous

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias Remember those B.C. (before children) days when you had the freedom to be spontaneous? I do! If we wanted to spend a day out of town or take a quick weekend getaway, no problem!  There was [...]

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Our Holiday Traditions, Including Hickory Farms

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From our yearly visit to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out a real tree, to the ham with cherry glaze we serve every Christmas Eve before opening our presents, my family is big on holiday traditions. After all, it just wouldn’t seem like Christmas if we didn’t make a big batch of peanut [...]

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